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November: If You’re Not Happy at Home

Italy

Italy

If you’re not happy at home, you’re not happy anywhere else.

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

Thursday Doors: On the Road Again

Christmas at Indianapolis Airport

Christmas at Indianapolis Airport

I’m on the road again, so here are two quick pics today. It’s Christmas at the Indianapolis Airport! All the light comes from the doors and windows! I have to say this is a fantastic airport! Everything is on time and everyone is so helpful and courteous!

IUPUI Student Union

IUPUI Student Union

I’m touring IUPUI (Indiana University/ Purdue University, Indianapolis) where all the light comes through the doors and maybe a very narrow window! Having a great time! See you next week!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Good Fences at Great Dixter, East Sussex, UK

Great Dixter, Esat Sussex, UK

Great Dixter, East Sussex, UK

Here is my first entry for the “Good Fences”  Photo Challenge! Every year I do my own English Garden Tour of selected gardens in the UK. This is a handmade fence at Great Dixter Manor and Gardens in East Sussex. I chose this photo because it showed part of the manor house, the wildness of this section of the garden and the use of old limbs and twigs for fencing! Enjoy!

See more about the Challenge Here!

November: Never Make Your Home In a Place

A Home in Madison, GA

A Home in Madison, GA

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way, it will go with you wherever you journey.
Tad Williams

I don’t know, I guess I want the brass ring and have it all! I’d like to take this home memory wherever I go, plus have a home inside my head, wouldn’t you?

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

November: When You Don’t Come Home at Night

Alone At home

Alone At Home

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
Margaret Mead

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

November: To Be at Home Wherever I Find Myself

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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
Maya Angelou

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

Thursday Doors at Great Dixter, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter is the private home and garden of the late gardener and gardening writer, Christopher Lloyd. First let’s look at the doors I found there!

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

We had a great deal of action with doors here……. keep the door open……..

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Ring the bell loudly………

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Don’t go in……..

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Go in……..

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Duck or grouse (grumble or complain because you have hit your head)…….mind your head……….

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

Great Dixter Garden, Sussex, UK

We rang, we opened, we closed, we ducked, we minded, but did not grouse, and we enjoyed all the doors!

Soon we will explore the history and walk the grounds of Great Dixter! See you in the garden!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

 

Thursday Doors: Père LaChaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Père LaChaise Cemetery

Père LaChaise Cemetery

Today, I thought I would do something different for Thursday Doors. This is a video I made of Père LaChaise Cemetery in Paris, France! Lots of doors here!

The cemetery is named after Father Francois de la Chaise, (1624-1709) the confessor to Louis XIV, who lived in the Jesuit house that was on the property at one time.  The sight opened as a cemetery on May 21, 1804 with the burial of a five year old child. That first year only thirteen people were buried here because it was felt the cemetery was too far from Paris. Also, Catholics would not be buried here because the Catholic Church had not blessed it. Later in 1804, with great fanfare, the decision was made to transfer the remains of Jean de La Fontaine (poet) and Molière (actor/writer), seen as rock stars in their day, to the cemetery.  Again in 1817, the purported remains of Abélard (philosopher) and Héloise d’Argenteuil (his lover) were also transferred with their monument’s canopy made from fragments of an abbey. This strategy led to the desired results: people were determined to be buried among the famous citizens.  The famous and wealthy people buried here would try to out do each other, even in death, with beautiful burial chambers, most the size of a phone booth, but some very extravagant.  Père Lachaise was expanded five times and today over one million bodies are buried here in 110 acres. Many, many more are in the columbarium, which holds the remains of those who have requested cremation.

Today, strict rules apply to be buried in the cemetery.  To be buried here one must have died in Paris or lived there. Also there are 50, 30 and 10 year leases on the burial sites. After the lease is up the remains are removed and placed in Aux Morts, (to the Dead) an ossuary, similar to the famous catacomb sights.  When the ossuary is full, the bones are cremated and then returned to the sight. I wanted to see the graves of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, and Oscar Wilde. A roster of all the famous people buried here can be found on the internet. I would suggest taking a map of the cemetery with you or download the Maplet of Père Lachaise Cemetery on your IPhone as we had. After all there are 110 acres to explore and it is very steep and uneven with forest like ledges in some areas. Also note, that at 4pm in the winter, bell ringers ringing old fashioned school bells, walk the cemetery to announce that the cemetery closes at 5pm. You do not want to be locked in the cemetery left to scale a 20 foot gate!  I hope you enjoy the video!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

October: A Month of Pumpkins; Day 31, Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-Lantern

Early Jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips and potatoes by the Irish and Scottish and carried in Celtic celebrations. They were named after the strange lights that sometimes flickered over peat bogs. The English used beets for their lanterns.  Lumps of coal were lit on fire and placed inside the hollow root vegetables. When European settlers arrived in America, they found that our American pumpkin varieties were well suited to being carved as a “Jack’s” lanterns.

Well this wraps up my “Month of Pumpkins!” I was surprised to learn there are so many varieties of pumpkin! I looked at forty five! The Pumpkin that got away, so to speak, that I wanted to find was the “Big Red Warty Thing” Pumpkin! But, no one had one! Maybe next year! I hope you enjoyed the Month of Pumpkins!

JNW’S Halloween Challenge: Costume

The Last Witch Standing Wins!

The Last Witch Standing Wins!

I Hope you have enjoyed JNW’s Halloween Challenge!

I know I did! Thanks Jennifer!

 

 

 

 

 

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